24 Healthy Recipes to Inspire 2023 - The Original Dish (2024)

Officially kicking off the new year on the blog with a roundup of 24 of my favorite healthy recipes! Every January, I find myself invigorated to start the year off on a fresh, exciting note in the kitchen. And I hope these recipes inspire you to feel the same.

24 Healthy Recipes to Inspire 2023 - The Original Dish (1)

In my mind, healthy food should be far from bland and boring. It should be colorful, vibrant, and if anything, more exciting than ever. Balanced dishes that focus on nourishing, wholesome ingredients, but that aren’t restrictive – full of lean meats, fresh seafood, whole grains, lots of vegetables, herbs and spices, a little cheese, and some butter here and there because moderation is key.

The list of recipes below includes satisfying breakfasts, nourishing salads, cozy soups, a whole assortment of hearty meat & seafood recipes, and some very flavorful vegetables. I hope you enjoy and have the best start to 2023!

a quick note…

I’ve been doing lots of recipe brainstorming over the past few days, and I’d love to hear from you! What recipes are you most looking forward to in the coming months? Easy weeknight meals? Winter dinner party food? Fresh and healthy salads? Send an email or leave a comment below with your requests!


Eggs poached right in a spicy red pepper tomato sauce and served with a fresh avocado salad full of feta cheese, green olives, scallions, and lemon. It’s a bold, flavorful dish that’s beyond simple to make and extremely satisfying. Serve it all with some bread toasted in olive oil for the ultimate breakfast feast!

Simple 3-egg omelets made extra special with fresh parsley, chives, and oregano…and a little creamy ricotta cheese. They’re topped with crispy chickpeas and pan-roasted mushrooms for extra heartiness.

Golden Amaranth Oats with Caramelized Bananas

A vibrant bowl of golden amaranth oats to brighten up these January mornings! Amaranth and oats cooked in coconut milk until creamy, flavored with cinnamon, golden turmeric, and honey. Pour into your prettiest bowl and top with coconut flakes, pistachios, and honey caramelized bananas. It’s a healthy oatmeal recipe that feels so special, full of nourishing ingredients to start your day on the best note.


Spiced Sweet Potato Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

This hearty salad is full of flavor & texture that makes it addictingly good. Spiced sweet potatoes and chickpeas baked until golden, pickled red onions for a little tang, fresh cucumber, lots of herbs, creamy crumbled feta cheese, and a zesty lemon vinaigrette. It’s such a fun combination that makes the perfect entree salad for lunch or dinner.

This is my everyday roasted red pepper & chicken salad with crunchy fennel, watermelon radish, briny olives, roasted walnuts, fresh chives + oregano, and a simple dijon vinaigrette. It’s a salad I love to prep for on Sunday, and then toss all of the ingredients fresh during the week when a salad craving hits.

Intriguing and quite unique – full of shaved fennel and celery, sharp crumbles of manchego cheese, briny olives, a sweet pomegranate vinaigrette, and a wildly delicious mixture of harissa-spiced chickpeas + pecans + juicy golden raisins. It’s got a middle eastern vibe and is perfect for any dinner party or meal at home.


A flavorful spin on chicken noodle soup that is still every bit warming and comforting. Full of vibrant Thai flavors to keep things fresh and exciting during these cold winter months.

Golden Carrot Soup with Pistachio Dukkah

It’s simple, healthy, has a really lovely carrot flavor, and is topped with an extra flavorful crunchy nut and spice mixture. The perfect soup when you need something warming and equally vibrant.

Hearty & satisfying, with bold tomato and nutty parmesan flavors running throughout. Sit down to a hot bowl for lunch or maybe add on a big salad to turn it into the perfect soup + salad dinner combo. I make this ALL the time and recently added spicy Italian chicken sausage to it (brown off 1 lb of sausage in olive oil, remove from the pot, make the soup as instructed, and then add the sausage back when the soup is ready to simmer). It was so incredibly delicious.

Roasted Broccoli Soup with Melted Cheddar Croutons

This is the simplest recipe that you can make all winter long. The soup is flavored with onion, leeks, garlic, and za’atar (a very flavorful herby spice blend), plus all that delicious roasted broccoli. And of course the best part…the toasted, cheesy whole grain bread for dipping. It’s the best lunch or side dish for these cold January days!


Spicy Thai Peanut Chicken

Chicken breast browned in a hot skillet and tossed in a bold peanut sauce with caramelized shallots, red peppers, chile peppers, peanut butter, and coconut milk. With a few fun Thai ingredients thrown into the mix, this dish is bursting with fresh and vibrant flavors. Served over rice and topped with toasted peanuts for a finishing crunch. It’s easy, healthy, and definitely not your average chicken dinner.

The tastiest plate of baked chicken meatballs with pearl couscous, a creamy harissa yogurt sauce, and lots of herbs. This is such a fun dinner recipe to change up your weeknight routines! It makes for great leftovers, too, and is full of nourishing ingredients.

This chili is hearty and comforting, with lots of warming spices and satisfying ingredients. The ground lamb gives it a rich flavor, while the caramelized butternut squash adds a little sweetness. It comes together really easily and simmers for just about an hour on the stove.

Spicy Maple Mustard Chicken with Creamy Polenta

Chicken thighs are pan-seared in a skillet until crisp and juicy, then coated in a really flavorful sweet and spicy glaze, and served over creamy white cheddar polenta with caramelized butternut squash & wilted greens alongside. It’s a fun, healthy-ish meal that’s every bit as delicious as it is satisfying.

Everyone needs a good roast chicken recipe in their back pocket, and this salt & pepper roast chicken dinner is that classic dish that you’ll go to time and time again. It’s the perfect complete dinner made in just about an hour or so. Golden, juicy roast chicken with roasted potatoes, carrots, fennel, and shallots alongside. Served with a bright gremolata topping and a good drizzle of olive oil.

It’s a new york strip steak seared simply with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, served alongside a mixture of roasted potatoes, asparagus, and radishes, and drizzled with a tangy mustard caper sauce. Great for both weeknight cooking or a special weekend meal.


Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Lime Yogurt Sauce

These tacos are beyond simple, but packed with so much bright, bold, vibrant flavor – spiced and sauteed shrimp, a fresh avocado salsa with chiles and cilantro, and a zesty lime yogurt sauce. They’re healthy and come together really quickly. The best way to spice up any weeknight!

The noodles are combined with crunchy vegetables and pan-roasted mushrooms, then tossed in a really flavorful tahini sauce full of lime and toasted sesame seeds, and served with a simple piece of seared salmon. It’s a meal that comes together quickly, tastes crisp and refreshing, and packs in lots of healthy ingredients.

A dish to savor the beautiful winter citrus! It’s a simple, quick recipe with exciting flavor. Serve it with a side of roasted vegetables & rice for a really balanced and refreshing winter dinner.

Simple Salmon Dinner with Roasted Carrots

A dinner that’s elegant and special, yet simple enough for any night of the week. The salmon is served alongside roasted carrots with two sauces to bring it all together – a creamy yogurt sauce and a tangy chive vinaigrette.


This is one of those dishes where there’s a ton of flavor going on and it all ends up coming together in the most delicious way. It’s a plate of roasted beets with tangy blood oranges, creamy yogurt, fried rosemary oil, pistachios, briny olives, a splash of vinegar, and some honey to round it all out.

Spicy Sesame Cauliflower with Toasted Garlic

A quick & flavorful side dish of cauliflower roasted with sesame seeds & pecans, then tossed in a sweet, spicy, sticky sauce flavored with chiles and ginger, and topped with a sprinkling of toasted garlic.

A Christmas side dish that doubles as a healthy January recipe! Simple, very flavorful beans and broccolini with wilted red chard, crispy shallots, pistachios, parmesan, and a lemony parsley sauce.

Roasted Carrots with Tahini Pomegranate Sauce

Easy roasted carrots with tahini pomegranate sauce – a flavorful mix of tahini, pomegranate molasses, lemon, and vinegar. Topped with creamy goat cheese, fresh pomegranate seeds, and lots of herbs. It’s a fun, bold side dish that will add plenty of flavor to any winter meal.


24 Healthy Recipes to Inspire 2023 - The Original Dish (2024)


What are the top 10 healthiest dinners? ›

It's dinnertime: ZOE members' top recipes
  • Chickpea & broccoli pasta.
  • Lentil & eggplant stew.
  • Veggie shepherd's pie.
  • Harissa traybake.
  • Noodle salad.
  • Cod & salsa salad.
  • Kale salad.
  • Mushroom stir-fry.
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How do you get meal inspiration? ›

How to Find Recipe Inspiration When You Don't Know What to Cook
  1. Picture this: it's the weekend, and you're getting ready to do your weekly grocery shopping, so that means it's time to make your plan of attack (creating a meal plan + shopping list). ...
  2. Sign Up for Newsletters. ...
  3. Browse Cookbooks.
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What is actually the best meal of the day? ›

Breakfast is often considered the most important meal of the day, but should it be? For some, skipping breakfast can be detrimental to their day — especially for kids — but others may feel better fasting until lunch. Experts agree that while breakfast provides benefits, one meal isn't more important than the other.

What food should you eat everyday? ›

Food groups in your diet
  • eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day (see 5 A Day)
  • base meals on higher fibre starchy foods like potatoes, bread, rice or pasta.
  • have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soya drinks)
  • eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other protein.

What's the best breakfast to eat? ›

The healthiest breakfast foods include a protein, healthy fat and source of carbohydrates, according to Smolen. For a healthy breakfast, consider eating foods like oatmeal with nut butter, avocado toast with an egg, chia seed pudding or a greek yogurt parfait with nuts and berries.

What is the best dinner for night? ›

Here are some healthy dinner ideas:
  • Grilled chicken or fish with roasted vegetables and quinoa or brown rice.
  • Vegetable stir-fry with tofu or shrimp and served with whole wheat noodles or brown rice.
  • Black bean and sweet potato tacos with a side of mixed greens.
  • Lentil and vegetable soup with a side of whole wheat bread.
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american dinner
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  • Pan Seared Italian Chicken Thighs. ...
  • Garlic Shrimp and Quinoa. ...
  • 6-Ingredient Mexican-Style Quinoa Salad.

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Where chefs find their food inspiration
  1. Write EVERYTHING down. Ideas come when they do, often unexpectedly. ...
  2. Take advantage of the inexhaustible resources in books and online. The world of information is pretty much limitless. ...
  3. Think about balancing flavours and textures. ...
  4. Focus on a specific ingredient or technique.
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What makes a meal satisfying? ›

Include carbohydrate, protein and fat.

While it's possible to fill up your stomach with low calorie/high volume foods (going back to that huge bowl of vegetables), without protein, fat or carbohydrates, your body won't feel satisfied.

How do you make a fulfilling meal? ›

Whole, unprocessed foods that are high in protein and fiber will generally leave you more sated, which means you feel full for a longer period of time. Some of the most filling foods include boiled potatoes, oatmeal, eggs, fish, Greek yogurt, and popcorn.

What is the healthiest meal for losing weight? ›

Great Food Combos for Losing Weight
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  • Avocado and Dark Leafy Greens. 2/15. ...
  • Chicken and Cayenne Pepper. 3/15. ...
  • Oatmeal and Walnuts. 4/15. ...
  • Eggs, Black Beans, and Peppers. 5/15. ...
  • Bean and Vegetable Soup. 6/15. ...
  • Steak and Broccoli. 7/15. ...
  • Green Tea and Lemon. 8/15.
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What is scientifically the best meal? ›

No matter what type of dietary pattern you follow, you should be eating mostly plant-based foots. That means 75 percent of your plate should include some mix of veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, pulse and whole grains.

What is the simplest diet you can live on? ›

The Simple Diet
  • Eat three meals each day. ...
  • Eat your heavier meals for breakfast and lunch with a lighter meal for dinner.
  • Eat two healthy protein choices at each meal or 6-8 choices per day. ...
  • Choose lots of color for each meal. ...
  • Fill in with 100% whole grain choices, 1-3 servings daily. ...
  • Drink water, tea or fat free milk.


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